History and Leadership

Think B.I.G. (brain injury group) is Kauai’s only advocacy and support group for persons with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).  We welcome participation from survivors, their family members, friends, caregivers, and other helping professionals.  We have no age limit for participation.  An Acquired Brain Injury encompasses any event that has damaged your brain and/or causes brain dysfunction, such as:  a traumatic brain injury (mild brain injury to more significant brain injury), stroke, cerebrovascular disease, brain tumors, seizure disorders, demyelinating brain diseases (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis), and other brain changes status post systemic infections or blood chemistry problems).  A Spinal Cord Injury is an injury is one that damaged the spinal cord to cause sensory and/or motor dysfunction.  Sometimes, ABI and SCI co-occur especially when the mechanism of injury was traumatic.

Think B.I.G. is a volunteer program of the YMCA of Kauai Ohana and as such are under their non-profit umbrella.

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OUR MISSION:

Think B.I.G. provides peer support for persons with acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury.  Think B.I.G.’s primary function is information sharing and community outreach to the survivors, their families and interested professionals.

HISTORY of Think B.I.G.:

Think B.I.G. was co-founded by Suzie Woolway, M.S., CCC-SLP (inactive member), Sharon Pancho (ABI survivor and Secretary) and Marida Dorado (parent of ABI Survivor).  Think B.I.G. started out as a support group but as it has evolved and under the current leadership we are increasingly involved in advocacy and community outreach.

CURRENT LEADERSHIP:

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Louanne M.A. Varholick, Ph.D.

Clinical Neuropsychologist and Volunteer Director

drlouanne@gmail.com

 

Camellia Crosby                                  Sharon Pancho

ABI Survivor and President                  ABI Survivor and Secretary

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